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#thrive2016, Baking, Food, Holidays

DIY Easter Surprise Eggs are easier than you think

This DIY Easter Surprise Eggs recipe is a new Easter favourite. In fact, I might be make them 123,045 times before this easter. My little one LOVES surprise eggs. Like is seriously-obsessed-to-the-point-that-it-drives-me-crazy obsessed. But I can’t bear to have any more little plastic toys filling up our home, and she really shouldn’t be chowing down on full size big-kid eggs. So I decided to try and make some at home. melanie

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Nintendo Switch #fivefavesfriday

mommydo.ca || Nintendo Switch Mario Edition Five Faves Friday

Nintendo Switch is here! Today is the day! It’s Launch Day for the Nintendo Switch. My son and I had the chance to test out the Switch here in Toronto. And I have to say, we were both smitten. I am not a gamer by any stretch as was evident earlier today when I stood in line to nab a console for our family. It was def a case of one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-other. But I’m quite certain this is the next great family console. And here’s why. melanie

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Valentine’s Day Edition 2017 #5favesfriday

mommydo.com | Valentine's Day Edition #5favesfriday

A day where we celebrate love? I do have a soft spot for Vanlentine’s Day. Growing up my dad ALWAYS bought my sister and I at least one red rose and a box of Turtles. It wasn’t big or fancy or anything, but that Valentine’s Day tradition still warms by heart around this time of year. Do you exchange gifts? We don’t really give big gifts here for Valentine’s Day. We’re not anti-v-day or anything. But our anniversary is just around the corner, and my b-day just passed. But I still love to check out what I might like, you, know, if…

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mommydo.com | finding balance Tea Talks

Finding balance I think this is the most challenging aspect of my life, and I know I’m not alone. For me, it’s the push and pull of work and kids and keeping the household up and running. And then there is volunteering, the added complications of Alma’s syndrome. My own health, personal growth, our marriage and fun are buried under all the must-do’s. Sadly, I’ve learned you can’t sacrifice yourself for long, without consequence. Working on it I’m definitely working on it. Part of finding balance is trying to get out and do things just for me. It’s true that I don’t…

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Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo – 30 minute meals

mommydo.com || lemon chicken soup with orzo and spinach

It’s soup season! Which means it’s the best time of the year. This Lemon Chicken soup with orzo comes together fast with rotisserie chicken and broth you have on hand (either homemade or store bought).  So, not only is it easy, but it’s also really, really delicious. Like, it’s I’ve never seen anyone eat as much soup good. And it’s there wasn’t any leftover for lunch good. I’m a big soup person if you can’t tell… In fact, it’s probably my favourite food. I like soup for lunch, for dinner and for a late night snack. That means whenever I…

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Shortbread cookies that melt in your mouth

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Christmas Came Early So Natrel just released Lactose-Free Butter. LACTOSE-FREE BUTTER! I stuffed my daughter in the car (buckled her up tight) and proceeded to buy 5 packages. I also brought the ingredients for these shortbread cookies and a baguette. First I ate few hunks of baguette spread with glorious butter. Then I whipped up these whipped shortbread cookies. Whipped Shortbread Cookies Melt in your Mouth They are one of the first Christmas Cookies I made on my own as a little girl. And they’re still my favourite today. The recipe hails from The Harrowsmith Cookbook, and credit is given…

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Weeknight Easy Turkey Chili

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Why is it called Weeknight Easy Turkey Chili? I classify recipes three ways: Weekend. Weekend Easy and Weeknight Easy. Weekend recipes tend to only be made on Saturdays and Sundays. And then, weekend easy recipes are involved for weeknights, but they still make their way in rotation. But weeknight easy recipes are the ones we eat all the time. These recipes need to be quick. They must be made with ingredients usually have on hand. And they need to be good. Preferably really good. This Weeknight Easy Turkey Chili is all three. It doesn’t matter if you swap an ingredient, add a…

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Best Sandwich Bread Ever – Just Add Turkey

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Most people look forward to the big show at Thanksgiving. The main feast. But I think the sandwiches the day after are the best. This recipe is the Best Sandwich Bread Ever. It’s not the prettiest loaf, but it’s my favourite ever, just the same. The Best Sandwich Bread Ever is Not Pretty but… It is a bread machine recipe, which is what makes the loaves a little funny looking but I find, if you want to serve it with the big feast, putting the sliced bread on the table helps take eyes off the tall, slightly misshapen loaf. The key…

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What does your dream kitchen look like? I thought I was living with mine. But as time goes on, I’m finding the dark wood in the middle of our open concept house to be a bit of a black hole. More and more, I seem to be lusting over light grey and white kitchens – with just enough slate and black to add a heap of style without making the area feel too dark. I threw together a quick mood board which included the new GE Slate gas stove. Not only do I love the colour, but the versatile grills…

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Maple and Oatmeal Ale Pulled Chicken Sliders

I just created these Maple and Oatmeal Ale Pulled Chicken Sliders. We’re entering that shoulder season when you want comfort food, but you’re not ready to give up that BBQ feeling. These fit the bill perfectly. They have that burger feeling without having to turn on the grill. They’re prefect with Saturday afternoon sides like potato chips, or you can get a little fancier and make some sweet potato wedges. Plus, the beer I used comes in a taller can, so you even have an excuse to have a little beer for lunch if you’re planning on serving these at…

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